IGIA Women in the Industry

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association launched the Women in the Industry group in March of 2014 to provide education, support, encouragement, leadership and networking opportunities to advance women in the grocery industry. It began as the Women in the Industry Coffee group, but a planning taskforce for the group later dropped “Coffee” from the title believing that it did not accurately reflect the group’s mission for the future.

Group Featurers Outstanding Speakers

The group has featured many outstanding speakers, check out the list below:

Past Speakers


  • Niki DePhillips, Kum & Go Senior Vice President of Store Development AND Kirk Tyler, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company Chairman & CEO | January 24, 2017
  • One Brain Wellness Presentation – Erin Kiernan and Sonya Heitshusen (Half Day Educational Seminar) | June 8, 2017
  • Jennie Baranczyk, Drake University Head Women’s Basketball Coach | October 17, 2017


  • Reynolds Cramer, Fareway CEO | January 26, 2016
  • Jill DeBok, Pepsi Beverages Company (Half Day Educational Seminar) | April 12, 2016
  • Women’s Leader Panel (Roxanne Kanne-Roush, Vice President, Training and Development for Fareway Stores, Inc., Diane Ramsey, Chief Executive Officer for the Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC), Narmina Wood, Vice-President, Credit Card Product Manager for Wells Fargo, Brenda Neville, President & CEO for Iowa Motor Truck Association) | September 28, 2016
  • Deb Scott, Consultant for PI Midwest | November 8, 2016


  • Judy A. Bradshaw, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy assistant director and former Des Moines Police Department chief of police | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Mary O’Keefe, consultant and retired senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Principal Financial Group | Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • Mary B. Sellers, president, United Way of Central Iowa | Tuesday, June 9, 2015
  • Donna Tweeten, Hy-Vee Inc. senior vice president, chief marketing officer | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 


  • Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds | Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Rose Kleyweg Mitchell, senior vice president of governmental affairs for Hy-Vee Inc. until her retirement in October of 2013 | Tuesday, April 1, 2014
  • Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Drake University athletic director | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 



Jennie Baranczyk

Sonya Heitshusen

Erin Kiernan

Niki DePhillips

Kirk Tyler


Reynolds CramerJill Debok

Deb Scott

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

Rose Kleyweg Mitchell

Sandy Hatfield Clubb

Judy A. Bradshaw

Mary O’Keefe

Mary B. Sellers

Donna Tweeten